Earthmoving

Welcome to the Earthmoving Channel, a special feature that provides the user an in-depth look at the earthmoving and excavating industry.  This section offers several areas to explore: earthmoving and excavating equipment and product spotlights, article archives, related case studies, related video and product/supplier contact list.  

Volvo CE excavator
News March 15, 2019
Volvo CE machines win EquipmentWatch’s Highest Retained Value and Lowest Cost of Ownership awards March 7, 2019—The leading data researcher for the construction equipment industry EquipmentWatch has selected two Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) machines for its 2019 Lowest Cost of Ownership...
braided ramps; highway construction; I-15 Utah
News March 06, 2019
The Utah DOT (UDOT) has approved the selection of the braided ramps option design for the interchange at Main Street (S.R. 115) and I-15 in the city of Payson.   UDOT issued a Record of Decision (ROD) regarding the selection of the braided ramps as the preferred alternative out of several design...
Alaska quake damage
Article March 04, 2019
At 8:29 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, the earth started rocking and shaking in Anchorage, Alaska.   At the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (DOT&PF) headquarters, ceiling tiles fell on desks, shelves and their contents spilled onto the floor, and families anxiously...
I-65 in Clark County, Ind.
Article March 04, 2019
More often than not on a paving job, it’s not the paving itself that proves to be the most challenging aspect—it’s handling the traffic.   Live traffic in close proximity to an active work zone presents numerous challenges and dangers, not least of which is worker safety. But the placement of a...
South Carolina I-85
Article March 04, 2019
It’s impossible to convince rain to come again another day. Sloan Construction tested this hypothesis more times than it needed to.   Dark storm clouds meant extra work for the contractor, at least at the start of the I-85 project in South Carolina. An 11.8-mile stretch of highway was in such bad...
I-10 Riverside County, Calif.
Article March 04, 2019
When working on one of the largest pavement rehabilitation projects in the history of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on one of the busiest interstate highways in the U.S., any contractor is going to have their work cut out for them.   Such was the task that Granite...
MnDOT geotechnical  asset performance
Article March 04, 2019
Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) is the federal law that lit a fire under state departments of transportation.   It called on them to institutionalize asset management and performance standards as they implement innovative technologies, practices, and policies. MAP-21 and...
gradall excavator
Case Studies October 22, 2018
*/ The road and bridge department in Anderson County, S.C., is charged with handling a wide range of jobs for its 187,000 residents. “We try to get the best equipment, the most productive equipment, the most reliable equipment that we can possibly get for the budget we have,” said Joe Moss, the...
ODOT road work

ODOT was able to merge 25 years of road and bridge work into just four due to innovative financing.

Article July 05, 2018
OHIO: A fantastic fury Bill Wilson, Editorial Director   Located in northwest Ohio, the city of Toledo has just as many University of Michigan devotees as it does Ohio State University fans.   The area is used to times of fury, but non-stop for four years straight? Hard to imagine, but it is all...
News May 21, 2018
On May 17, John Deere and Hitachi Construction Machinery invited industry journalists to their joint footprint in Kernersville, N.C., which manufactures excavators for both groups, to tour the expanded facility and be on hand for the unveiling of a pair of new machines.   The 1 million sq ft ...
Highway improvements
News May 10, 2018
The Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT) announced a new five-year plan Wednesday for highway construction projects that will come with a $3.4 billion price tag.   More than $1 billion will be invested in repairing state-owned bridges that are structurally deficient, many of which will...
Delaware DOT settles lawsuit with four firms over I-495 bridge repairs
News April 10, 2018
Following months of negotiations, the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) has tentatively settled a legal battle that sprung from a months-long emergency shutdown of I-495 outside of Wilmington in 2014.   DuPont and three other companies have agreed to pay an as-yet undisclosed amount to...
Big French Creek
Article February 26, 2018
When visitors drive by the portion of S.R. 299 in California known as Big French Creek, they may notice the rock-fall protection fence or perhaps other improvements; but they most likely have no idea what local residents, the traveling public and the California Department of Transportation (...
Emergency cleanup team in Texas puts excavators to work
Case Studies January 30, 2018
Emergencies happen, which is why special services teams are assembled in districts throughout Texas—each armed with equipment that can travel quickly to locations such as the Houston area as it struggled to recover following Hurricane Harvey in September 2017.   Matthew Heinze, Austin district...
Rte. 79/I-195 Interchange Reconstruction

The existing interchange was comprised of 11 separate structures totaling 111 spans, 10 of which were classified as structurally deficient with 94% of the steel rated deficient and requiring costly emergency repairs.

Article December 04, 2017
When final design and construction launched in 2013 on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation’s (MassDOT) Rte. 79/I-195 Interchange Reconstruction and Braga Bridge Improvements project in downtown Fall River, safety, accessibility, traffic management and community enhancement served as the...
Arkansas road project letting halts due to miswording
News November 10, 2017
The Arkansas Department of Transportation (ArDOT) has put a halt on contract letting for its 30 Crossing project due to a complication in the verbiage describing the purpose and aim of the project, one that AKDOT says will preclude federal funding of projects in the region.   According to the...
Boyers Mill
Article November 01, 2017
Private lake. Crucial drinking water source. Popular recreation area. Restricted homeowners association lacking a degree of pedestrian mobility.   And in the middle of it a bridge past its service life. For Frederick County, Md., it was an opportunity to do something never before done in the state...
Gallants Channel Road
Article November 01, 2017
This did not answer to Matthew or Hermie or Joaquin. Hurricanes have a way of doing their own thing regardless of how many times you plead with them or curse them out.    The best way is to just deal, and prime contractor Conti Enterprises Inc. learned quickly how to prep for Hurricane Joaquin, the...
I-90 Fox River
Article November 01, 2017
Built in 1958, the I-90 Fox River Bridge a few years ago was suffering from deterioration on its beams. What’s more, the bridge deck was nearing the end of its useful lifespan, and the estimated cost of rehabilitating and widening the bridge was 76% the cost to replace it.   “We’ve been out there...
Garden State Parkway
Article November 01, 2017
The Garden State Parkway in New Jersey connects land in the state separated by Great Egg Harbor, with two recently replaced bridge structures separated by Drag Island. South of the island is the structure over Great Egg Harbor Bay, made up of 21 spans of precast, pre-stressed concrete bulb tee...
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